One thing I intensely hate about Facebook, where my posts here cross-post, is the “popularity contest” aspect of it, the constant reminder that I have to fight to be “liked” in this world. I am always reminded that so many people that used to be in my life now are making certain that they don’t read my posts by “hiding” them. They make sure that the Negative Complainers who do nothing but Bitch and Moan about how Rotten their circumstances are don’t show up on their Facebook pages. So there are people who might have, say, 500 friends, but really, only the “good” ones, the ones who have the “smart” things to say show up on their home pages. Or so I’m guessing.
I don’t hide anyone. When I first got on Facebook, I once hid someone because they were simply posting far too frequently, like once an hour, about dumb things like “I’m going for a walk now” and it got on my nerves, but I quickly unhid that person as time went on and I realized that everyone did that. I “comment” on random things and sometimes, I’m not on there for weeks. Now that my WordPress account cross-posts, it’s kinda unavoidable. And the cell phone’s hooked up, too. We’re all wired in, folks. Jeez. What a world.
And yet…it’s a tool. It can be used. It’s like e-mail vs snail mail, know what I mean? We can think of it that way, sort of a different way to e-mail people, a web-like e-mail. You can use it for networking. You can use it for empowerment. And you can use it to gather people together to make real changes in the world, such as changing laws or helping people get out of prisons and mental hospitals or better yet,
Let’s get rid of the mental hospitals and prisons altogether, okay? But get me talking about that, and god forbid, folks on Facebook will start “hiding” me. After all, it’s Thanksgiving and we only want happy families and cheer and nonstop gratefulness.